For the most part, holidays are considered a want, but there often comes a time when holidays can actually become a need.
From feeling burnt out, to losing your motivation at work, there are a number of common signs to suggest you are ready for a holiday.
It is really important to take regular breaks and use your annual leave allowance.
Research has shown that people who take regular holidays are less likely to suffer from heart disease, and mental and physical illnesses.
Regular holidays also help to prevent burnout, a condition that is defined as emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress- usually stress caused by work.
When little things feel extra hard and big things feel impossible, it’s often a sign that we need a holiday. Play and fun should be serious priorities throughout life.
When people feel run down, overwhelmed, like zombies half-awake in the day and agitated at night, it’s time to think about getting away for a bit.
A mini break can do wonders.
Shifting perspective is a tonic emotionally, and holidays get you to see different viewpoints in every sense.
Even a weekend away can shift something psychologically.
Industry experts have compiled their top ten signs to look out for to suggest that you are in desperate need of a holiday:
- You’re always losing your temper – If you’re finding yourself constantly stressed out and seem to be making a bigger deal out of problems you could usually solve with ease, then you might be in need of a holiday. Some time away will typically help you to cool down, whilst providing you with the opportunity to come back with a clear head, ready to tackle whatever comes your way.
- You’re making unhealthy choices – Stress can be associated with tiredness, which often comes with a lack of motivation. This can also lead to making less healthy dietary choices, for example, not sticking to your meal plans. You may even form the habit of spending too much time on your phone which can likewise come from a lack of motivation. If you begin to notice these unhealthy routines, then consider booking some time away.
- You’re making mistakes – If your brain continuously feels as though it’s going at a million miles an hour and you’re finding it hard to focus, it can become a lot easier to make frequent mistakes – mistakes that perhaps you would never usually make. If you’re finding this is the case at work, then speak to your manager to request some time off so you can reset and return with your best foot forward.
- You can’t sleep – Do people in the office keep telling you that you look tired? Are you finding yourself taking hour-long naps in the afternoon? Are you struggling to sleep at night? If you are answering yes to these questions, this is your body telling you that you need to make a change and look after yourself. A holiday is a perfect medicine to rejuvenate and get back to a more regular sleep schedule.
- You’re neglecting your personal life – It might feel like all you do is work, and this is not a good thing. If you find yourself regularly missing family gatherings and canceling on friends, then you may need to re-think your work-life balance and take time to reset. It’s important that your identity doesn’t become wrapped up in your work and you can remember who the ‘real you’ is.
- You’ve got ‘getaway envy’ – and it shows – If your friend’s weekend pics used to bring you joy and inspire you, but now they only make you jealous and frustrate you, it might be time to get away. Don’t spend another week gawking over Sally’s iced cosmo on Insta; make those dreams a reality.
- You’ve lost your spark – If you’re snoozing those alarms more and more often, dreading the Mondays you once looked forward to, and are struggling to ‘find the funny’ in anything, this is another sign that you probably need a holiday. Give yourself time to rediscover your life passions, and the motivation will start coming out of nowhere.
- Your last holiday is a distant memory – Do you struggle to remember the last time you got those dust-covered suitcases out for a trip? Are you asking yourself where your last holiday was? Are you constantly dreaming of drinking cocktails on a beach at 2pm? If the answer is yes, then you are in absolute need of a getaway.
- Your time off isn’t exciting – If you’re not using your time off to do things that excite you and instead are only managing to drag yourself to the sofa, then this is a sign that your energy levels are majorly depleted. You need to make sure you are making the most of the health and wellness benefits from your off time. The simple remedy is a holiday.
- You’re bargaining with yourselfToo often, we tell ourselves to power through until the weekend and resist taking any time off. Many people keep their time off banked away as a safety blanket, but this can often do you more harm than good, as you become worn out. Bite the bullet and take time off when it’s genuinely needed – you’ll thank yourself for it.